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Man pleads guilty for messages on synagogues

| February 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

Police found John E. Grogan's fingerprint on stickers depicting anti-Semitic, anti-gay and racist messages that were slapped on four synagogues in Norfolk. On Wednesday, Grogan, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts each of injuring a church and conspiring to commit a felony. When he was arrested in July in Waynesboro, where he lives, Grogan told […]

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Israeli Conservative synagogue burned

| February 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

Unknown assailants torched a building housing a Conservative synagogue in Arad on Monday night, a year after a failed attempt to burn the shul. No one was hurt in the fire, which scorched the outside of the building but was extinguished before it damaged the synagogue within. The torching follows an attempted break-in at the […]

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Accused Paris Synagogue bomber likely to face June extradition hearing

| February 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

OTTAWA — A Canadian court on Monday set a tentative June extradition hearing for Canadian-Lebanese national Hassan Diab, arrested 15 months ago for his alleged role in a 1980 Paris bombing that killed four. The Ontario Superior Court will firm the dates on Friday after lawyers verify that witnesses will be available for three-week hearing. […]

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NY suspect pleads guilty to spray-painting swastikas on synagogues, weapons possession

| February 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK – A man has pleaded guilty to charges he spray-painted swastikas and spread fliers reading "Kill All Jews" around his Brooklyn neighborhood. Brooklyn prosecutors said Thursday that Ivaylo Ivanov also pleaded guilty to possessing a secret cache of weapons discovered at his home in 2008 after he shot himself in the hand. Police […]

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Cemetery vandals paint swastikas

| February 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

PORTLAND — The discovery of swastikas spray-painted on four headstones in a Jewish cemetery this week has revolted the region's Jewish community. Emily Chaleff, executive director of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, issued a statement Wednesday saying the alliance hopes the vandals are found and punished. "It is hard to express in strong […]

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Six teens charged with spray painting Coral Springs synagogue

| February 3, 2010 | 0 Comments

CORAL SPRINGS – Six teenagers have been arrested and charged with spray painting gang signs on a Jewish synagogue in Coral Springs. All have been charged with criminal mischief for defacing a place of worship, a felony. Six teens suspected of spray painting gang signs on a Jewish synagogue have been arrested, police said. Three […]

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Rewards offered in hate-crime incidents at synagogues

| February 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Law enforcement and religious leaders announced Monday that they are offering rewards for information leading to the arrests of suspects in two recent hate-crime incidents. The first was Nov. 10 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 4746 El Camino Ave., Carmichael. A vandal spray-painted a hate message and swastikas, and tried to burn a sign at the […]

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Lakewood man gets eight-year jail term for attacking rabbi with bat

| January 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

TOMS RIVER — A judge on Friday sentenced a 39-year-old Lakewood man to eight years in prison for a senseless, unprovoked baseball-bat attack on a rabbi, despite pleas from the defendant's attorney that his client needs psychiatric help instead of prison. "This was an unprovoked, senseless attack resulting in serious permanent injury to the victim," […]

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One of two US citizens wanted in Synagogue arson arrested

| January 27, 2010 | 1 Comment

One of the two US citizens who were wanted in the recent arson attacks against the Jewish Synagogue in Hania, Crete, was arrested on Monday. The 24-year-old US citizen, who has been residing the last months in Chania and was making a living by doing odd jobs, was sent before a local prosecutor on Monday […]

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Jewish Agency: Anti-Semitism highest since World War II

| January 24, 2010 | 1 Comment

Anti-Semitism has reached a global peak since the end of Israel's Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip last winter, and levels of Jew-hatred have not been so high since the Second World War, according to the Jewish Agency's annual report on anti-Semitism issued on Sunday. The report was presented by Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli […]

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Second man arrested in Norfolk synagogue vandalisms

| January 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

A man suspected of vandalizing Norfolk synagogues with anti-Semitic stickers was arrested Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. It was the second arrest in the vandalisms, which happened April 17. Two men put anti-Semitic and anti-gay stickers on synagogues and were caught on camera at one of them, police said. Christopher John Brooks, 25, was charged with […]

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Αrrests in synagogue arson

| January 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

(ANA-MPA) — Three people have been arrested and two more are wanted by police on the island of Crete, accused of participating in two arson attacks on Jan. 5 and 16 targeting the historic Jewish synagogue in the port-city of Hania. In a press conference on Friday, police announced that a local man from the […]

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Arsonists attack Greek synagogue for 2nd time

| January 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

A synagogue on the Greek island of Crete has been targeted by arsonists for the second time in three weeks, local police said Saturday. They said an unknown number of people entered the building in the city of Hania, broke through a first-floor door and started a fire. The fire brigade said the blaze partly […]

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Theft at synagogue brings faith groups together for World Religion Day

| January 14, 2010 | 1 Comment

A recent theft at a Belleville synagogue has spurred several local groups to form a coalition aimed at creating solidarity between faith groups across the region. Dr. Aruna Alexander, the head of the United Nations Association Quinte Branch, said the alliance gave birth to a World Religion Day event at the Victoria based Sons of […]

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Vandals nail another Sacramento synagogue

| January 8, 2010 | 1 Comment

Members of an Orthodox synagogue in Sacramento arrived for a Jan. 1 morning minyan and discovered spray-painted swastikas and other graffiti — the second act of vandalism at a Sacramento-area synagogue in the past two months. The vandalism at Kenesset Israel Torah Center included swastikas, demonic symbols and “hate-based rhetoric,” according to the Sacramento County […]

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